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Harris awarded US Navy broadband SATCOM contract

21st April 2014 - 16:23 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Harris Corporation will provide the US Navy with additional shipboard terminals to provide crew access to high-bandwidth voice and data communications under a new contract announced on 21 April. The eight year contract has a value of up to $133 million.

Harris has already delivered 70 shipboard terminals to the navy under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP) Unit Level Variant (ULV) contract. This latest contract will see the company provide an additional 120 terminals, and will bring the total potential value of CBSP ULV and Force Level Variant contract awards to Harris to more than $250 million through 2022.

The CBSP programme provides worldwide, commercial, end-to-end telecommunications services to the US Navy.

Harris’ 1.3-meter terminals offer X-band operation over existing military satellites, and the option of military/commercial Ka-band operation for future deployed satellite systems. They support essential mission requirements and provide high-speed Internet access and video communications on small combatant and support ships. Harris terminals also are used onboard navy amphibious assault ships.

Ed Zoiss, vice president and general manager, defense programs, Harris Government Communications Systems, said: ‘These Harris terminals provide the navy with access to the high-bandwidth services essential to mission-critical communications and to morale. Harris is delivering the next generation of military and commercial satellite capabilities to the navy fleet.’

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